Technique Thursday: Going Veggie? Do It Right!

Going vegetarian can be a very healthful decision, as evidence suggests that vegetarians may have longer, healthier lives with less heart disease, type II diabetes and obesity. But it can also be hazardous to your health if you aren’t aware of the nutrients that you might be missing out on. Going veggie does require meal planning (and it can be a little tricky!), so make sure you are doing it right!...more

Master Tofu Cooking

Tofu cooking has come a really long way in the last couple of years, so if you think that tofu means squishy, tasteless cubes, it’s time to give it a second chance! There are many simple things you can do to turn it into a gourmet meal. Cooking with tofu is a fantastic low calorie way to add protein and iron to your dishes without adding cholesterol, sodium or saturated fat, so be sure to get the simple tricks on how to become a master tofu chef!...more

Coconut: Water, Milk, or Oil?

With all of the amazing health benefits that coconut has to offer, it’s no wonder that there are numerous coconut-based food items popping up in grocery and natural food stores. All of the options out there make it a good time to go over the health benefits of coconut water, milk and oil. Make sure you know what you are getting with each one!...more

Deceptive Sugar Labeling

As if cutting back on our sugar intake isn’t already a tall order. To make it even tougher, the way sugars are listed on a nutrition label is very deceptive. The recommended daily amounts are about 6 teaspoons for women and 9 for men, and most Americans get more than 22 teaspoons a day! This is resulting in weight gain and a slew of other serious health problems. Don’t let misleading labels trick for these traps. ...more

Foods for a Natural Morning Boost

We’ve ALL been there. Some of us are there every day. We wake up as one-eyed, one-worded, zombie-esque beings until the coffee IV drip hits the bloodstream and transforms us back into humans. If you’ve ever wondered if there’s a better way, keep reading. Keep the Coffee…Just Cut Back:...more

Give Your Smoothies a Tasty Makeover!

If you are not getting your recommended 2-4 servings of fruit each day, smoothies are one of the best ways to sucker yourself into making sure you (and your kids!) do. When I first started making smoothies, I didn’t think I liked them. It turns out it was because I didn’t know how to make them taste good! I also wasn’t making them as nutritious as they could be. After a lot of practice, I've learned some good smoothie moves…don’t miss these! ...more

Are You Sure You Know What "All Natural" Means?

"All natural" is now teetering on the edge of becoming mainstream. Case in point? Pizza Hut. Their new "all natural" pizzas have hit the stores and marked the beginning of...well, something. I'm not entirely sure what though. It seems like a good thing, but is it? If Pizza Hut can use the term "all natural", doesn't it make you question how strict the requirements are for earning that status? Before "all natural" completely takes over, let's take a step back and make sure we know exactly what it does and does NOT mean. Prepare to be shocked! ...more